Spicy almond butter zucchini chips

A couple of weeks ago, I got my hair Keratin-ized. It had been over a year (!) and I was so excited to defrizzify my mane.


Madre hooked it up -you can read more about the type of treatment I get here– and I gave myself a kink by wearing a ponytail a couple of days after getting the Keratin done. (I figured since the processing time had passed that it wouldn’t make a difference. Word to the wise: wash your hair first, then ponytail is ok.) Lately, I seem to forget things, little things. You’ll be talking to me and mid-sentence, I’ll stop whatever I was saying and then trail off…

Like when I told the Pilot I thought my plantar fasciitis was flaring up a couple of weeks ago.

“The bottom of my foot has been hurting again, so I think I’m going to go roll it on a tennis ball for a while”

“Why is your foot hurting?”

“You know.. the plantar.. fah huh huhhhh…..”

Not something I’d usually forget.

Anyways, recipes seem to have a way to of sticking in my mind, no matter what else takes over and deletes the valuable information that used to be stored there. For example, my spicy almond butter sauce recipe. An easy one, but I’m pretty sure I’ll never forget the golden combo, and most recently made some zucchini chips coated in the dressing. 

A mix of the usual suspects coated strips of zucchini, and dehydrated into the perfect portable snack.


-3 medium zucchini

-2 T almond butter

-1/2 t honey

-1/2 t sesame oil

-1/4 t garlic powder

-1/8 t sea salt

-hefty pinch of cayenne

1. Shred the zucchini into “chips” by using a vegetable peeler. 

Ingredients 2

2. In a small bowl, combine the sauce ingredients and pour on top of the zucchini. Mix well to thoroughly coat.

3. Dehydrate on Teflexx sheets (or on a cooking sheet in the oven, lowest setting with the door ajar), overnight at 115*

Zucchini chips

4. Mourn the loss of those that mysteriously disappeared during the cooking process… enjoy the rest 😉

(I’d post a picture of the finished product tomorrow, but I’m not sure how many will be left by then)



Something to talk about: What’s a recipe you’ll never forget? I don’t usually follow recipes, but know ingredient combos by heart. Last hair treatment you received, or do you leave it untouched?

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  1. Sana on July 23, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    I had the express Keratin treatment done in March, I just hated that I could not wash my hair that often. And it’s $$.

  2. Erin on July 23, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    when you peel your zucchini do you cut them in half and peel the entire vegetable, seeds and all?

  3. Abby @ Change of Pace on July 23, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Your hair looks fabulous!
    The chips sound really good, especially with the cayenne kick! My mom’s Caesar salad dressing is a recipe I’ll never forget! I haven’t made it in over a year, and I still remember how!

  4. Lisa @ Fresh Spinach on July 23, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    I’ve been thinking of getting a keratin treatment for my frizz-ness. It has been OUT OF CONTROL lately.
    Also, would the spicy almond butter be just as good with agave or something else vegan?

  5. Negar M on July 23, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    I finally got my hands on a Blueberry Muffin Lara Bar. it’s good, even though I don’t normally like cashews! have you tried the pineapple upside down one?

    Your hair looks really good, btw. If you actually have the rubber band line, I can’t tell at all! Not even one bit.

    And……you make me want to move back to Tucson. I didn’t like it while I was there, I hate cacti and the ones that actually attack scare the bejesus out of me, but somehow you make Tucson sound appealing and not scary.

  6. Sarabell on July 23, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    My mom’s peanut butter cookie recipe and my gluten free pumpkin cake recipes will always be in my heart. =]
    I never do anything to my hair. I probably should, I know it’d look better, but I am really stingy and I don’t like knowing I’ll have to go back.

    • China on July 23, 2012 at 11:30 pm

      Gluten-free pumpkin cake?!?! That’s a recipe I NEED!

      • Sarabell on July 24, 2012 at 10:32 pm

        It’s top secret… but I have pumpkin growing in my garden so I’ll be making all kinds of GF pumpkin desserts this fall and sharing the best of them!

  7. Averie @ Averie Cooks on July 23, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Before I read anything in this post, I thought to myself, this is a Gina, circa 2009ish recipe. Dehydrator, almond butter, making veggie chips, oh what memories! These look great, as usual.

    Hair? Last week. Such a good feeling to get it done!

  8. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles on July 23, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    I brush my hair in the morning – that’s generally as far as I go. So definitely no treatments – I think it’s just overall laziness. 🙂

  9. Suzi @ Confessions of a Fitness Instructor on July 23, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    I love you hair, it looks awesome 🙂

    I never forget my pizza dough recipe, it’s like a golden key in this house 🙂

  10. Katherine @ The Fit Lady Sings on July 23, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    I never forget the recipe for protein pancakes in the morning! And your hair looks fab!

  11. Karen on July 23, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Your hair always looks cute..even when you refer to it as messy!! The first thing I thought of when reading the part of this post about you forgetting things, etc. is that you must officially have mom-nesia now! I’ve had it bad since my first was born…um, 12 years ago. It doesn’t get better, and now I find I ask my kids what was it I told them to remind me to do, etc. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news!

  12. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on July 23, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Your hair looks awesome! And those veggie chips sound delicious!

  13. Lisa on July 23, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Those zucchini chips looks incredible.
    And your hair looks awesome too, I’ve been really wanting to get the keratin treatment at some point!

  14. j3nn on July 24, 2012 at 12:37 am

    I’m going to ask my hairdresser about the Keratin treatment next time I’m in to see her. I used to have my hair chemically straightened, but it’s so harsh. I’ll check it out!

  15. Ksenija on July 24, 2012 at 2:26 am

    Mhm, those zukes look delish – as if you’ve put cheese on top. I usually do my eggplants this way, they turn out crispy and salty, and more like an indulgent snack. Now I definitely have to try the zuke-version!

    • Fitnessista on July 24, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      love it with eggplant, too!

  16. Sara on July 24, 2012 at 2:50 am

    I have fruit crumble in my brain and can make one in five point oh minutes if required. Pot luck? Fruit Crumble. Christmas dinner? Fruit crumble. Friend in hospital? Fruit crumble. Cousin just had another baby? Fruit crumble. It’s such an ‘everything’ dish.

    Out of the three children my mum gave birth to, only my brother has awesome thick hair. My sister and I both have wimpy hair that doesn’t grow fast and splits easily. It’s very unfair.

  17. Kelly @ My Love Affair with Running on July 24, 2012 at 3:03 am

    I always remember the recipe for muesli! I have made it so many times, how could I forget it?
    Check out my blog for the recipe.. you won’t be sorry!

  18. Melissa (Better Fit) on July 24, 2012 at 3:40 am

    Your hair looks fantastic! My last treatment was a cut and style. Sounds simple, but with hair like mine, I pay a lot for cuts and when I walk out, it’s one of the only days I actually love my hair.

    The recipe looks fantastic- I don’t blame ou for gobbling them up before taking a photo! My never need a recipe meal is veggie chili. So simple, but so delicious!

  19. Joy on July 24, 2012 at 7:17 am

    I will never forget how to make my moms macaroni salad or her baked macaroni and cheese both of which help me not at all (they’re not vegan) but everywhere I go I get asked to make them
    And I dyed my hair last week!

  20. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on July 24, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Those chips look delicious! I love almond butter sauces for stir fries, and I bet it tastes amazing on these chips too!

    I’ll never forget the recipe for my homemade granola – I make it at least once a month so it’s permanently stuck in my memory now!

  21. Danielle@cleanfoodcreativefitness on July 24, 2012 at 7:47 am

    So jealous of the keratin!!! I love your hair! This recipe is perfect for me! Two of my favorite things: almond butter and zucchini! Thanks for the recipe!

  22. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on July 24, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Your hair always looks amazing! I’ve never looked into any treatments like that, but I definitely have big thick hair with some frizz!

  23. hellonheelshon on July 24, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Love Zucchini!!! Mmmm 🙂

  24. Ashley Noel on July 24, 2012 at 9:58 am

    This recipe looks so quick and easy! There’s a huge 2 day produce sale happening in my city starting tomorrow, so thanks for this recipe! 🙂

    Also, I need to look into this treatment! I’ve used Keratin shampoo before and loved it but my hair is pretty crazy!

  25. Natalie @ FreshLifeFindings on July 24, 2012 at 10:42 am

    I LOVE keratin! It does wonders for my crazy frizz poof hair. I bought mine on a Living Social for $99 and then when I was there I could buy an additional one for the same price so now I’m getting one again in the fall. It did drive me crazy to not be able to pull it back though!

  26. Abby on July 24, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I always just find myself throwing things together when I’m cooking and it pretty much always turns out tasty, the only downside is when my hubby really loves something and I can’t remember exactly how to make it again haha

  27. Kristi @ lifesprinkles.com on July 24, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    My hair has taken on a bit of a frizzy texture over the years and about a year and a half ago my stylist recommended the brazilian blowout. I got it done and I have never looked back. It’s pricey (about $300) but for me it lasts about 6 months and makes my hair so much manageable in the meantime that it’s definitely worth it!

    those zucchini chips look amazing – I need to try your spicy almond butter sauce recipe !

  28. Bethany @ The OC Fit Girl on July 24, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    I am a random cook…I see what is in my fridge and concoct something delicious and random. Every once in a while I will plan it out though! Those Zucchini chips look delish!

  29. Erica on July 24, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Those sound fantastic! What a fun way to get in zucchini! And better yet…AB! Sorry I’ve been a bad commenter as of late. You are looking fabulous and sounds like things are going really well <3

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